Kalmar has announced that it will partner with SSAB in Sweden to develop a hydrogen (H2)-powered medium-range forklift truck.

Kalmar’s aim is to find a more sustainable solution for SSAB and help them to contribute in diminishing carbon dioxide emissions at the site.

The proposed forklift truck will have a lift capacity of 9-18 tonnes and will use H2 as fuel, resulting in a more environmentally sound solution for material handling.

The project will last for approximately two years and it will include the development, demonstration and testing of the forklift truck.

The equipment will be produced by Kalmar to be used at the SSAB production facility in Oxelösund, Sweden.

Thomas Malmborg, Vice President, Forklift Trucks at Kalmar, says, “Kalmar’s strategy is to become a leading provider of sustainable solutions for heavy lifting equipment and this initiative demonstrates our aim to co-create with the leading players.”

Jacob Sandberg, Vice President Production and Product Development at SSAB, says, “This is a very good project for SSAB in Oxelösund, where we can now really study the possibilities to reduce our fossil dependence. In addition to completely changing the fuel, we also get a better machine.”

Kalmar fuel cell infograph

Kalmar fuel cell infograph